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Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thailand
Chiang Mai University (CMU), Thailand
National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), Thailand
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)

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The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AFOSR/AOARD)
Japan Creativity Society (JCS)
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

Invited Talks



Proposed talk title:

Deep Knowledge Discovery from Microblogging

An invited talk by Associate Professor Vincent CS Lee, Monash University, Australia



Abstract


Mobile short messages from twitters possess by and large unstructured content. Some trends and short patterns can, however, be extracted from streams of unstructured content. Analysing these streams of unstructured content has led to discovery of trends or short patterns formed opinions and sentiments over a specific term or topic, which can be important information input to relevant policy formulator for effective decision to be taken. Based on the speaker’s developed framework for collecting and collating twitter messages, coupled with the use of intelligent machine learning tools, discussions will be devoted to some recent research results obtained in terrorism informatics, ecosystems, and socio- political context. This talk will also articulate an opinion and sentiment analysis model and a newly devised adaptive visualization technique.

Keyword: Twitter, opinion and sentiment analysis, intelligent machine learning tool, unstructured content.

Biography


Dr. Vincent CS Lee is an Associate Professor with Clayton School of IT, Monash University, Australia. He received BEng (1972) and MSc (1984) both in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from The National University of Singapore. From May 1973 to May 1974 he was awarded a joint scholarship from Ministry of Defence, Government of Singapore and Government of United Kingdom to pursue a postgraduate specialised avionics engineering studies at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell in United Kingdom. He received a Master of Business Administration degree in 1990 from Brunel University, the West London University from UK. Also in 1990, Lee was awarded an Australian Federal Government (Department of Education, Employment and Training) Scholarship to pursue his PhD research in Adaptive Array Signal Processing, he was conferred a PhD degree in May 1992 from The University of Newcastle, Australia. In his PhD research, he pioneered the use of received signals to devise the adaptive filter for the discovery of locations of mixed narrow- and broad-band signals using multiple remote sensors. In 1995, he received Higher Education Contribution Scheme Scholarships for pursuing and obtained a first class honours degree in Economics and Finance, and a Master of Business in Accountancy degree both from RMIT University, Australia. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Singapore, a Chartered Engineer in United Kingdom, and a professional member of the Institute of Analytics and Professionals, Australia.

Prior to taking up academic career in 1985, Lee worked for private (multinational corporations) and public establishments in Singapore for 13 years during which he involved in professional engineering system integration and design; the management of operational departments, professionals and projects; led corporate strategic planning and annual corporate budgeting activities. Since joining academia in 1985, he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in electronic, electrical and information engineering, as well as accounting and finance courses, and supervises research masters and PhD students. He publishes extensively in peer-reviewed SCI and SSCI international journals and international conference proceedings. His research papers have been published in the IEEE Transactions on: 1) Knowledge and Data Engineering; 2) Signal Processing; 3) Selected Areas in Communications; 4) Security and Privacy. Lee’s papers also published in the European Journal of Operational Research; Information Systems Frontiers; Applied Mathematics and Computation; Neuro-computing; Soft Computing; Accounting and Finance; International Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of Wealth Management; Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing; and in peer-reviewed international conference proceedings published by Springer as LNCS and LNAI series, and IEEE computer press.

Lee has been associate editor of International Journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology, Cognitive Neuro-dynamics, International Journal of Computational Intelligence Research, International Journal of Business Process Management. He has been also ad-hoc reviewers for IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, Signal Processing, Knowledge and Data Engineering. He has chaired/co-chaired more than one dozen of IEEE international conference technical programme committees, research track program, and has organized technical workshops and special sessions. He has served international research grant assessors for Australia, United Kingdom, and Singapore research Council/Foundation. He has been awarded internationally competitive research grants in signal processing, decision support systems, and financial engineering research projects.

Lee’s research interests are multidisciplinary spreading across signal processing; adaptive knowledge representation and information engineering; data, text, and graph mining for knowledge discovery; decision theory; information system research based on design science paradigm; and neuro-financial engineering.


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Proposed talk title:

Serendipity and Idea-Marathon System (IMS)

An invited talk by Takeo Higuchi, Founder and Executive Director of Idea-Marathon System Institute (IMS Institute), Japan



Abstract


The definition of Serendipity is “While you are looking for something, you come by chance to find something different better.” We have to look for something always.

For all researchers and students, Serendipity is always expected with big welcome. The Serendipity can be a key for great invention and innovation.

Through my 26 years of continuation of Idea-Marathon System (IMS) for business applications, experience and competition, I believed that IMS can be a factor for introducing Serendipities, not only for business applications but for technical and scientific innovation and invention.

During 6 years of IMS expansion in Universities and business laboratories, I come to my confidence that IMS can contribute to look for, to wait, to detect, to invite, to find Serendipities.

Dr J. Sawaizumi says in his book of “Serendipity no Tuikyu”(Kadokawa Gakugei Shuppan: Search for Serendipity) that there are two kinds of our stance for Serendipity, i.e. “Go to meet Serendipity” and “Waiting for Serendipity coming,” for both of which IMS is quite powerful and useful in many logical aspects.In this lecture, I will explain in details and with examples how IMS was used for academic research and studies.

Individual participators for IMS is quickly increasing in Japan and USA, Canada, Korea, Taiwan, Thai and India. Companies R&D and laboratories in Japan are increasingly using IMS as their new invention and innovation tools, as well as universities also are confirming the usefulness of IMS for harnessing students’ Serendipity and creativity.

If IMS is accepted by researchers, faculties, inventors and students, it is quite sure that innovation and invention will be highly accelerated.

Biography


Takeo Higuchi
Founder and Executive Director of Idea-Marathon System Institute (IMS Institute)
Lecturer of Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT),
University of Electro-Communications (UEC),
Guest Lecturer of Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)

Born in 1946 in Kyoto. Graduated from Osaka University of Foreign Studies in 1971. Entered Mitsui & Co. Ltd and stayed about 20 years in various overseas such as Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Nepal as company representative.

Retired in 2004 and established IMS Institute. IMS is now adopted for staff innovation tool at Toshiba, Asahi Beer, Daikin, Pioneer, Japanet-Takata, etc. Author of books of: “Group Idea-Marathon” (JustSystem: in Japanese), “Starting power and Continuing power by One Notebook” (Kou Shobou: in Japanese), “Idea-Marathon System”(SE-ED: Edited by Boonmark Sirinavakul in Thai language) and “Notebook Technology” (SE-ED: in Thai language)



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Proposed talk title:

Societal Stabilization and Evolution using Linked Open Data

An invited talk by Professor Vilas Wuwongse, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand



Abstract


Human societies can be divided into two types: inconsistency-free and inconsistency-accepting societies. The former normally has a set of behavioral norms that are uniformly accepted by all the groups and members of the society; while the latter allows inconsistencies in the behavioral norms of its members. As inconsistency-accepting societies can have various, different behavioral norms, they tend to have fractions, each of which is formed based on a behavioral norm and usually has a leader or a patron. These fractions could interact among themselves and form a hierarchy of groups of the members of the society. The hierarchy reflects relative “influence” or “power” of the fractions. In addition, each fraction in such a society tends to take actions such that they optimize the benefits of its member. Therefore, an inconsistency-accepting society is a complex hierarchy of groups of people maximizing their group benefits. This talk will present an approach to the development of a framework that will facilitate an inconsistency-accepting society to evolve with stability using linked open data.


Biography


Dr. Vilas Wuwongse is a distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Information Management in Thailand.

He received his BEng (1977) and MEng (1979) in Control Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology. Later he was conferred a PhD degree in March 1982 from the Department of Systems Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology.

He served as Vice President for External Relations, Asian Institute of Technology during September 2005 - June 2009.

For professional experience, Prof. Vilas is a member of Editorial Board, Journal of Natural Language Processing as well as International Journal of Computer Processing of Oriental Languages.

His research expertises are Conceptual Modeling, Digital Libraries, Information Representation, Knowledge Systems, Semantic Web and XML.

Moreover, Prof. Vilas has been an advisor of several organizations, including Revenue Department of Thai Ministry of Finance, Excise Department of Thai Ministry of Finance, Immigration Bureau, Election Committee, Airports of Thailand, and Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health.


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Proposed talk title:

Support for qualitative study of social risk cognition

An invited talk by Professor Xijin Tang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China



Abstract


Right image or perception of public feelings or opinions toward a dedicated topic is very important for decision makers to formulate policies or take actions. In recent years, emergency management calls for right intervention toward crisis, where the right image of the crisis is a condition.

Social psychologists usually undertake a series of investigations to access the interaction mechanisms underneath the common thinking or actions. The design and statistic processing of the questionnaires always require a lot of manpower. In this talk, two supporting technologies, denoted as CorMap and iView, for qualitative meta-synthesis which aims to acquire structuring information, generate assumptions or even just extract common grounds about the wicked problem from the community for further investigation, are addressed and applied to a free-association test on social risk before Olympic 2008.

The iView technology helps to detect the main images toward social risk and also help the analysts in word clustering (coding). The CorMap technology may then be helpful to expose the community and their concerns. Moreover, both technologies enable the visualization of the whole exploratory analytical process, to show how the diverse public opinions into somewhat structured hypotheses from which to take in-depth studies.

Biography


Dr. Xijin Tang
is now a full Professor in Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.
She received her BEng (1989) in Computer Science & Engineering from Zhejiang University,
MEng (1992) in Management Science & Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China and PhD (1995) from Institute of Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

She has been working for the Institute of Systems Science-CAS which was later reorganized into AMSS-CAS for more than 15 years. She had once taken academic visits to Georgia Tech (1998-1999), JAIST (2000-2001) and University of Wollongong (March of 2006).

She is an associate editor for International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science (IGI-Global) and a member of editorial Board for Journal of Systems Science and Complexity (Springer-Verlag). She was one of 99 who won the 10th National Award for Youth in Science and Technology in China in 2007.

Her recent research interests are meta-synthesis and advanced modeling, decision support systems and system methodologies for unstructured problem solving. She has published two influential books on meta-synthesis system approach and an oriental system methodology in Chinese, and organized a serial international workshop on meta-synthesis and complex systems since 2001.

For a quick glimpse toward Xijin Tang's research and system practice, please browse http://meta-synthesis.iss.ac.cn/xjtang/publication.htm.


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